Two days ago, I was watching an adorable young girl running on the playground in Baltimore chasing her father and trying to catch him. Eventually, she plopped down near me and we started chatting. After asking her if she had caught her father, she said that she really hadn't actually caught him. Then she mentioned that she needed to rest for a bit because she had asthma. My heart sank for her and I mentioned my concern. Very matter of factly, she mentioned that almost all of her friends had asthma also. What really struck me was her straight forward attitude about the whole matter as though breathing air and asthma went together. It was just a fact of life — we all have asthma now was her attitude.
Gov. Larry Hogan stopped such matters as a reduction in nitrous oxide from coal-fired power plants in a flurry of activity in his first few days in office promising they would be put "under review." We Marylanders certainly hope that he truly means only to review what had already been accomplished, what we thought were new rules that we could and should live by. They were agreed upon and were ready to be enforced, simply finishing up going through the steps of being written in to law. Why he jumped in to stop the work done before he took office is a mystery to me ("Hogan moves quickly to block controversial environmental regulations," Jan. 21).
To allow business as usual is to ignore intelligent decisions for cleaner air quality, a healthier Chesapeake Bay, equality for all and a governmental bias toward the future. To protect and coddle the old, the antiquated and the troublesome is to return to, at best, the 20th century solutions when what we desperately need is 21st century thinking where solar, wind, geothermal and a multitude of other smaller energy wise inventions and adaptations are just clamoring to be a part of 21st century living here in this beautiful state and country.
Let's open the doors wide, very wide for tomorrow is here today, just waiting for the opportunities.
Sharon Leslie Bowyer, Baltimore